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1 Effective PowerPoint® Presentations for Biotechnology Consider the message Consider the audience Be professional Be concise A graphic on each slide Text on each slide

2 Plan time to play around with the PPT you have Play around with margins, spacing, and importing Learn the features of the pull down menus and toolbars Learn the features of the Toolbox including the galleries In the Format Menu, play around with: slide layouts backgrounds and themes bullets How to Get Started << i.e. bad graphic

3 Fonts Calibri, Arial, and Helvetica fonts are easy to read Avoid Times New Roman, Palatino, etc. (difficult to read) Use no font size smaller than 24 point Title each slide with a larger font (35-45 point) Use a single font for most of the text Use (a few) different colors, sizes and styles for impact Avoid italicized fonts No more than 6-8 words per line Use dark text on light background (easier to read) Avoid light fonts and dark backgrounds (difficult for some people to read) Do not use all caps except for titles

4 Graphics and Design Keep the background consistent and subtle Use a minimum amount of text with charts or graphs Keep the design clean and uncluttered Leave empty space around the text and graphics Use quality clipart and use it sparingly Limit the number of graphics on each slide Avoid flashy graphics and noisy animation Limit the number of transitions used

5 General Presentation Check the spelling and grammar on all slides Do not read the presentation Practice the presentation Give a brief overview at the start It is often more effective to have bulleted points appear one at a time. Try action button effects Avoid sound effects If the content is complex, pause for audience understanding Do not turn your back on the audience

6 References and Acknowledgments Adapted from: Bankerd, Kathy. How to Optimize Projection Technology: Using Fonts, Graphics, and Color to Maximize the Effectiveness of Your Presentation. Syllabus. November/December Bird, Linda. Avoid the Mistakes of PowerPoint Rookies. Smart Computing. January Brown, David G. PowerPoint-Induced Sleep. Syllabus. January Daugherty, Ellyn, Biotechnology: Science for the New Millennium, 2012


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